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Botox and Filler

Botox and Filler prices have increased all over the country, but our prices will remain the same up to 31 October 2010.

 


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Tooth Bleach

Tooth bleach, oral bleaching trays plus a whole starter kit which lasts longer than 8 months will cost you only R1200.00!

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Co-payments

NO co-payments on specialized dentistry (or any other dentistry).

Other Conditions

  • Halitosis or bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bruxism or tooth grinding
  • Occlusion

Halitosis or bad breath

Bad breath can be caused by;

  • Certain foods like garlic, onions and alcohol are absorbed into your bloodstream, become transferred into your lungs and can be expelled as bad breath until eliminated from your blood.
  • Poor oral heath care promotes the growth of bacteria in food remaining on and between your teeth, on your tongue and soft tissue of your mouth. The growth of these bacteria causes an unpleasant odour and taste in your mouth.
  • Periodontal disease causes bad breath, an unpleasant taste in your mouth and bleeding gums.
  • Dry mouth or Xerostomia can be caused by medication, salivary gland disorders or by continuously breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. Due to the decrease in saliva, the mouth is unable to cleanse itself and remove debris and particles of food left behind.
  • Smoking not only causes bad breath, but also stains the teeth, causes periodontal disease, loss of taste and systemic illness.
  • Improper cleaning of dentures may collect food particles with bacterial growth and bad breath.
  • Medical conditions such as upper airway infection, sinusitis, postnasal drip, diabetes and liver disorders can cause bad breath.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a feeling of twinges, pain or discomfort in our teeth mostly felt under certain conditions;

  • Drinking or eating hot food
  • Drinking or eating cold food
  • Eating sweets
  • Touching the teeth with other teeth or the tongue
  • Inhaling cold air

There are two types of tooth sensitivity;

Dentine sensitivity. Normally a tooth is covered by enamel above the gumline. Below this layer of enamel we find a layer of dentin, made up of tiny openings called tubules. Inside each tubule lies a nerve branch that comes from the tooth’s pulp in the centre of the tooth. When the dentin is exposed due to damage of the layer of enamel, cold or hot temperature or pressure can affect these nerve branches and cause sensitivity. Sensitivity can affect one or more teeth. Damage to the protective layer of enamel can be caused by;

  • Brushing your teeth too hard with a hard brush
  • Poor oral hygiene with a layer of tartar building up at the gum line, extracting minerals from your tooth
  • Longterm tooth wear and tooth grinding
  • Untreated cavities
  • An old filling with a crack or leak
  • Receding gums exposing the roots of the teeth due to periodontitis or excessive brushing
  • Gum surgery that exposes the root of the tooth.
  • Excessive tooth whitening.
  • Frequently eating acidic foods or drinking acidic beverages.

Pulpal sensitivity
. The pulp is a mass of blood vessels and nerves that fills the centre of each tooth. Pulpal sensitivity tends to affect only one single tooth and the causes include;
  • Tooth decay and infection
  • A recent filling or a recently placed crown.
  • Excessive pressure from grinding your teeth
  • A cracked or broken tooth


Consult your dentist for cure or at least improvement of tooth sensitivity.

Bruxism or tooth grinding

Grinding of the teeth mostly occurs unintentionally and at inappropriate times without the person being aware of this habit. Bruxism also often occurs during the night while the person is asleep.Symptoms may include;

  • Abraded teeth
  • Damage to the tooth enamel, exposing the inside of the tooth
  • Facial pain
  • Oversensitive teeth
  • Headaches
  • Damage to the inside of the jaw

The treatment of this condition consists of building up teeth that are badly worn down and making a specially fitted bite plate to be worn at night to absorb the the force of grinding.

Occlusion

Occlusion is the relationship between your upper or maxillary teeth and your lower or mandibulary teeth when they come together during biting or chewing. If the relation between the upper and lower teeth is incorrect during chewing, it is called malocclusion. This can cause the following problems;

  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Tooth breakage
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Headache and neckpain
  • Pain in the jaw joint and joint noises

If you experience any of the above symptoms, consult your dentist to rule out malocclusion for the cause of these symptoms.

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